The U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation, a private charitable organization created in 1995 by the U.S. government in response to the declining state of science and engineering in the former states of the Soviet Union, and the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation have announced the winners of the third Basic Research and Higher Education (BRHE) awards program.
The BRHE program seeks to transform the training of young Russian scientists by strengthening the basic research capabilities of Russian higher education institutions in the natural sciences. The program works to establish research centers within selected Russian institutions that support innovative programs and approaches to combining high-quality research and education; develop state-of-the-art equipment bases for research and teaching and make them available to both faculty and students; promote collaboration with industry and other research institutions, both Russian and foreign; and provide research opportunities for promising young researchers. The four universities named to receive the $1 million awards are Moscow State Engineering Physics Institute and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (joint award); Perm State University; St. Petersburg State University; and Voronezh State University.
The BHRE program is funded in part by a seven-year, $18 million grant from the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and a $2 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.